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The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

Found In: arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Detail of art from the Panel of Rhinoceroses, illustrating large felines and a reindeer.

In 1994, The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc was discovered in Southern France by three speleologists, or cave scientists. Today, the cave is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. K-12 teachers and students can use this website in social studies and art.

Visit the Cave is the highlight of the website. A map of the cave system provides a virtual tour with images of natural and archaeological elements, including the bones of cave bears, and paintings. The images will look best projected on a whiteboard.

The Cave Today relates the discovery of the cave, how the find was authenticated, and what steps were taken to preserve it. This last section is particularly important since the cave paintings at Lascaux have deteriorated disastrously.

Research includes a description of the research team and its methods and presents analyses of some of the teams’ discoveries.

Time and Space presents the geographic and archaeological context of the site, explains how the images were dated, and discusses the historical and artistic significance of the cave.

Witnesses comprises brief biographies of scientists and artists and their reflections on the cave and its art.



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